Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How Do I Love Thee? (c. 1846)

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How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

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I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

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My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

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For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

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I love thee to the level of every day's

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Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.

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I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;

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I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

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I love thee with the passion put to use

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In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.

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I love thee with a love I seemed to lose

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With my lost saints,--I love thee with the breath,

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Smiles, tears, of all my life!--and, if God choose,

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I shall but love thee better after death.